Houston vs Georgia State 3/22/19 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions
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Houston Cougars vs. Georgia St. Panthers
NCAAB: 7:20 PM EST
Mar. 22, 2019
Latest Odds : HOU -12 Total 142
The No. 3 seeded Houston Cougars will play the No. 14 seeded Georgia State Panthers on Friday in an NCAA Tournament Midwest Region first round showdown. The Cougars were defeated by the Cincinnati Bearcats 68-57 on Sunday in the American Athletic Conference Tournament Championship game. Houston lost just its third game of the season with 31 wins.
Georgia State grinded out a 73-64 win over the UT-Arlington Mavericks on Sunday to win the Sun Belt Conference tournament championship and receive an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. The Panthers were led in the win by Malik Benlevi with 16 points.
Corey Davis Jr. is the leading scorer for Houston with an average of 16.8 points per game. Armoni Brooks is the second leading scorer and leader in rebounding with averages of 13.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Galen Robinson Jr. leads the Cougars in assists with an average of 5.0 per game. Houston is shooting 45.1% from the field and 36.4% from 3-point territory.
D’Marcus Simonds leads Georgia State in scoring with an average of 18.7 points per game. The leading rebounder for the Panthers is Malik Benlevi with an average of 5.7 per game. Simonds leads the Panthers in assists with an average of 3.7 per game. Georgia State is shooting 46.9% from the field and 38.9% from 3-point territory.
Recent Betting Trends:
Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5
The UNDER has cashed in 3 of the Cougars last 5
Georgia State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5
The UNDER has cashed in 3 of the Panthers last 5
Free Betting Pick: Houston Cougars -12
Houston may have lost to Cincinnati in the AAC title game but is the class of that conference and a top 10 team in the nation. The Cougars will get back on track quickly. Houston is 21-2 SU over its last 23 played. After losing on March 2 the Cougars went 4-0 SU and 2-2 ATS before losing to Cincy. Final Score Prediction, Houston Cougars win and cover ATS 81-67.